I consider myself very fortunate that I was around right at the time of Jaws and the mechanical effects of ’75; then Dawn Of The Dead in ’77; then in 1980, American Werewolf In London – this explosion of special effects. I felt like I was right there watching these milestone moments. I felt like I was part of it. I ended up becoming part of it! I feel like nowadays that experience doesn’t exist. Because everyone knows, “Oh, it’s a computer.” The whole idea of transforming Linda Blair in The Exorcist – those questions don’t pop up into people’s minds anymore, because the curtains have been pulled back. It was a critical time too for guys like Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Guillermo del Toro, who was a make-up effects guy as well. I think we all grew up in the same alien pod when we were young. I think the fact that The Walking Dead celebrates all practical zombie make-ups also has invigorated a new generation of people who embrace that. I love that I have 13-year-old kids who come up to me and say, “I wanna do what you do!”
I love that 13-year-old kids come up to me and say, ‘I wanna do what you do!’
The Walking Dead contains many zombie tributes to classic films.